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I think this topic has been brought up before... so, i have to assume theres been some resistance to the creation of a forum for more advanced cakers or business owners. Cake central is great but i'm alittle past the how do i make buttercream question? Someone posted in one of the fourums the other day about the misleading tag lines that lead you into a post that is either off topic, mis leading or something you wouldnt have been interested in reading had the subject/tagline been more descriptive. I didnt get into the whole discussion because it started going "left" so to speak. Anyone have thoughts on this?
post #2 of 53
Who would get to decide if a potential poster is "pro" or "advanced" enough? What if you are very experienced with buttercream. are now starting to use fondant? I think this could cause a lot of bad feelings.

There is already a Business forum for those who are Pro in terms of doing it as a business.

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post #3 of 53
The solution seems fairly obvious. Don't view threads that are titled "How do I make buttercream?" and if you find yourself in a thread that is beneath you, don't read it. Besides, sometimes even the threads that start out with the most basic question can yield useful information from other members.
post #4 of 53
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Originally Posted by redpanda

Who would get to decide if a potential poster is "pro" or "advanced" enough? What if you are very experienced with buttercream. are now starting to use fondant? I think this could cause a lot of bad feelings.

There is already a Business forum for those who are Pro in terms of doing it as a business.

JMHO



agree with redpanda. everybody is constantly learning, even when you think you know everything about something, there will always be something you dont know. as many have said in regards to topics such as this before, if you see a question that doesnt interest you; simply dont reply.
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post #5 of 53
If you are a pro or advanced cake decorator and don't want to help others with all of your knowledge then don't read the posts. I always appreciate any help I receive from all the wonderful cake decorators on here whether they are new to decorating or advanced in skills.
post #6 of 53
coldtropics In four years you have made 175 posts? So why would this be even important? I am just curious and trying to understand where this comes from?
post #7 of 53
Thread Starter 
you people are seriously defensive... who said anything about anything being beneath me. Give me a break... it was a suggestion and I am able to make such without having to be assaulted by others nastyness/ insecurities. thanks anyway... my mistake for asking if anyone had any thoughts some of you are just completly bitter.
post #8 of 53
Maybe instead what's needed is a beginners section. The only thing about that is that most beginners want help from more experienced people, and most experienced people get tired of answering the same basic questions over and over. That's why people come up with deceptive titles to try to get their question read, even if not answered.
post #9 of 53
Great idea, Texas Rose! Anyone willing to help out beginners can just go there and answer questions or point them to previous posts.

In fact, maybe the Mods can make a Cake Basics section and put articles or posts together to make it easy for newbies to get their answers.
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post #10 of 53
lol.........on that note I will say night all
post #11 of 53
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Originally Posted by Texas_Rose

Maybe instead what's needed is a beginners section. The only thing about that is that most beginners want help from more experienced people, and most experienced people get tired of answering the same basic questions over and over. That's why people come up with deceptive titles to try to get their question read, even if not answered.



If it's technologically possible, I think CC would benefit from several areas of organization that would help us all to surf the site a bit more efficiently:

1. Create sub-sections within each forum which would collect threads on basic topics, allowing beginners and newbies to find those answers quickly and address the frustration of clogging up the main forums with repeated questions on things like smoothing/crusting buttercream, how to price, how many servings, starting a home business (which, IMHO, should be posted in both the Cake Decorating and Cake Business forums).

2. I think we would benefit from at least two new forums: Beginning (or Basic) Cake Decorating, and How to Use This Site (or "Getting Started"). The Beginners forum could host the questions on buttercream, stacking, figure making, etc. and the "How to" forum could address questions/topics like searching for topics on the site, how to post photos and how your status changes, the etiquette for giving credit to those whose cakes we've duplicated, etc. I would also recommend that there be a blurb on the homepage about the "How to" forum, stressing that new members need to begin there. (In a perfect world, it would be technologically impossible to access any of the other forums until you've completed a"How to" forum primer, but we don't want Heath sitting in a corner rocking and crying, do we? icon_wink.gif)

And maybe an "Advanced" is called for, although i don't know how we'd monitor the ability to post in that forum without the same issue of redundancy coming up.

I think the issue of "question overload" is part of CC's continued evolvment; it's such a great site that more and more folks are getting their decorating degree here and we just need a bit more organization to keep it enjoyable for beginner and pro alike.
post #12 of 53
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i think the number of posts ive made is irrelevant, ive been a member for quite some time thanks. can we stay on topic here? texasrose and others who understood my post/reason for posting thank you. i think the beginners threads/forum is a great idea. (if im allowed to have an opinion.)
post #13 of 53
Hi, I'm new to CC and I think it would be a great idea to have something for advanced cakers. Anything I want to learn at this point would only be at the beginners level. Sometimes when I'm looking for something I get into a forum way above my head. Maybe in the future I would benefit from an advanced forum but in the mean time I need to figure out the basics first! I'm still trying to figure out when I search something I can't get past the first page of my search ! Haha icon_redface.gif
post #14 of 53
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I'm still trying to figure out when I search something I can't get past the first page of my search ! Haha icon_redface.gif



I've had that happen on occasion and couldn't figure it out, either. If you browse the technical forum, you might find a post from someone has already asked about that problem. If not, you could go ahead and ask the question. I'd like to know the answer, too. thumbs_up.gif
post #15 of 53
I say it wouldn't matter whether there's a specified forum for beginners or advanced...people are going to post where they want to post in order to get the response they want and it'll take some kinda work to keep moving the posts to their 'appropriate' forums ...aaaaaaaaaaaand in doing so will probably piss off the poster 'cause they thought it would get more hits here or there and no one is responding to it in the other forum waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!

Besides, it's all about intermingling with each other and specific forums like that ...either beginner or advanced...may make some feel excluded...

I'm just sayin'....
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